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Bulgarian President agrees with US senators in their "devastating criticism" of corruption in Bulgaria

Bob Menandez (left) and Jim Risch
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U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman) and Jim Risch (member of the committee), have published a joint statement on the Bulgaria-US relations at the start of the official campaigning period for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Bulgarian on April 4

They claim that "persistent corruption, declining media freedom, politicization of the judiciary, and other threats to the rule of law pose serious challenges to the U.S.-Bulgaria bilateral relationship".

In response, the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev made a statement, claiming the position of the two US senators was a "devastating criticism" of corruption in Bulgaria. 

"I am not an opponent of the government. I have always been an objective corrective", said President Rumen Radev, quoted by BTA. "If the government had listened earlier to what I was saying, to the demands of the people and to the protesters, this devastating assessment of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee would not have come out," Radev added.

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